Newcastle is rough

Newcastle & Gateshead

Newcastle, rather small, but nice. Only 210,000 people and the center can easily be overlooked. But if you know where and when you won't get bored. The central point of contact is generally Grey's Monument, the large column in the middle of the city. This is where the most important places gather. Newcastle is rightly known for the friendliness of its people. That makes their pride in their 'toon', as they call themselves, very contagious.


There are two free city magazines, The Crack, and I prefer Newcastle Stuff. Both are best found in shops around the monument: tourist information, Laying Art Gallery ... there are no good local newspapers here either. But the city center is peppered with bookshops. Two large ones are by the monument, and there is a student bookstore at the university (Haymarket; end of Northumberland Street).


My favorite: Tyneside Cinema by the Monument. A fantastic independent cinema and even big. Five halls, plus the internal café. Close by is the Laying Art Gallery specializing in painting. With a focus on artists from the northeast, but also with international exhibits. We also have an opera there. Close to the train station is the large LIFE Science Center, ideal for children, and the “Discovery” Museum with various exhibitions, a permanent one on the city's history. On the quayside of the Tyne is the "Baltic", a large gallery with exhibitions on four floors. Like almost all museums and galleries free of charge. Very modern and with a good, expensive cafe. In addition, a fantastic view from the top floor. Right next to it is the newly built “Sage”, a huge concert hall, mainly for classical music. On the way to the quayside there is the "SIDE" gallery for photo exhibitions. Otherwise there are various smaller and commercial galleries such as the "Biscuit Factory".


Definitely the Quayside with its seven bridges over the Tyne, the pride of Newcastle. There are also many clubs, restaurants and cafes here. In addition, the Baltic with the Sage and the Millennium Bridge form a huge triumvirate of the resurrection of the city. This is also symbolized by the Angel of the North, a huge statue made of ship steel at the entrance to the city. For those interested in history, there is the eponymous castle and of course Hadrian's Wall.

Going out

Clubs: The Knightsbridge area with lots of bars, pubs and music. First address: “The Cluny”, a nice pub with a stage in the back room. Successfully run by the same people as the “Head of Steam”. The “Trillions” for rockers right across from the city library. There is also the Big Market with many pubs and clubs of different quality. Sometimes a bit rough on the weekend. There are other pubs especially in the center, such as the “Forth” near the train station. Unfortunately, cafes are not of that high quality. The best café is right next to the Tyneside Cinema and is called "Intermezzo". The same cinema also has its own café on the second floor at lower prices. There is also a nice, unfortunately expensive, café in the Baltic. West of Monument is a large new center, "The Gate", with many bars, restaurants, a cinema, long-opening clubs, etc.


The quayside along the Tyne with the bridges is very nicely prepared and offers many gastronomic opportunities for a break. Those who like it rural should visit one of the many ecological projects, city gardens and farms. My recommendation: Bill Quay Farm over the Tyne. Tynemouth with North and South Shields offers access to the sea and a very attractive sandy beach. National Trust properties are almost always beautiful, in Newcastle above all "Gibside" in the southwest.


There are a few regional stations and a local one, BBC Radio Newcastle, but I only listen to BBC Radio 1 or 3. There are concerts mainly in the Metro Radio Arena, City Hall and especially by the National Union of Students (NUS) . Plans at


My favorite place: Grainger Market near the monument. Next to all the other stalls there is a small shop that sells hot food; Cooked and baked in the background by very skilled cooks. Big portions, good food and cheap too. The place is called wor Kates. In addition, there is one delicious take away after the other in Chinatown. £ 5 flat rate from approximately 1pm to 7pm.


GB is not European but global; always, everywhere.


There is a YHA youth hostel in the Jesmond district, otherwise ask at the tourist information office.


St. James Park, the stadium of Newcastle United Football Club. Here is Geordie's true heaven.


Food, clothes, music in the center, Northumberland Street and around the monument. The big mall is Eldon Square Shopping Center. The "Metrocentre" southwest of the city is a real consumer city. Thrift stores on Shields Road. Favorite place for all kinds of food: Grainger Market.

And otherwise

Big drawback of the city: the shops usually close at 5 pm; only Thursday at 7,300 p.m., which makes the city seem pretty dead. Note that Newcastle is officially only north of the Tyne. The southern part is Gateshead and some people care about the difference. For all questions, leaflets, bus maps, etc., go to the friendly and competent tourist information office on Grainger Street near the monument. If you really want to find out something about the city, it is best to get to know the residents. The Geordies are incredibly friendly: show a little interest and they will help you. You can easily get tips about concerts etc. and often invitations right away. Newcastle is ideally located for touring, in the middle of beautiful places. You can quickly get to Edinburgh, London, York, Lindisfarne, Alnwick, Yorkshire, Northumberland ... Basically, every place on the east coast can be reached quickly by train.